Evo Japan 2018 will have competitive ARMS, no Super Smash Bros Melee

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 17, 2017

In January, Evo will be holding Evo Japan 2018.

Not having Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite could be a sign that EVO Japan only wants quality, patched games at the ready when it's time to compete.

Like Evo in the United States, the Tokyo event will be headlined by Street Fighter V. However, it's now set to take place during the Capcom Cup offseason, so it remains to be seen how high the stakes will be for this particular tournament. The trailer reveals the EVO Japan game line-up, which includes Bandai Namco's Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, King of Fighters XIV, Blazblue: Central Fiction, Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, Street Fighter V, and Nintendo's very own ARMS.

The lineup certainly reflects the event's location.

As tweeted out by the official EVO Japan Twitter account, you can expect to see the EVO Japan 2018 Championship Series get underway between January 26th, 2018 and January 28th, 2018 over the weekend. Melee is the most popular Smash game in the USA but the Japanese community favors Smash Wii U. That's three more days of fighting goodness to kick off the new year.

The eye-opener here is ARMS, given that it's a fighting game in its infancy. Licensing issues were cited as a reason why the game did not make the lineup of Evo Japan's preview event, Sai.

Evo was supposed to first hit Japan in 2010, but the Tohoku Earthquake forced an indefinite postponement. Evo Japan remained in a state of flux until Evo 2016, when a date was finally announced for the event.

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